I thought I knew how to help them. I knew nothing.
When Lydia and Josh Green walk into Karen’s office one rainy February morning, Karen sees a couple under stress, almost at breaking point. But working with struggling couples, finding out more about their problems, helping to save their marriages, is what Karen does.
But as Karen spends more time with Lydia and Josh, her sense of unease grows…
Lydia is something more than just a woman whose marriage is in trouble. She seems frightened for her safety.
Josh is angry, grief-stricken and seems to be hiding a dark secret.
And soon Karen herself is afraid – there is something about the behaviour of this couple that recalls traumatic incidents from her own past. There is something there that may be the key to saving them, if Karen can only unlock it in time…
This story is told by 3 different persons. The biggest part is seen through the eyes of Karen, but we also get a glimpse in the heads of Lydia and Josh.
As a counsellor you meet all kinds of people. Your job is to try and figure out the best way to help your clients. It’s not always easy. Are they being honest or are they trying to deceive you? Who do you believe? Is she right? Or is he?
The more you talk and listen to them, the more you are convinced you have delved deep enough and you know the truth. Now you know how to give the best advice possible, don’t you …? But why do you still feel that things do not really add up?
This is a slow paced thriller. At first the story is like a babbling brook where nothing seems to happen and suddenly there is a turning point where everything escalates.
And then there is the ending … 4 stars.
Thank you, Victoria Jenkins, Bookouture and Netgalley.
About the author
Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband and daughter in South Wales, where her series of crime novels featuring Detectives King and Lane is based. Her debut novel The Girls in the Water is an Amazon UK top 30 bestseller, and top 5 bestseller in the Amazon US chart.
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2VaK4iW